The undefeated UCLA women’s basketball team hosts their final home non-conference game of the season this afternoon when the Bruins face the Pacific Tigers at 2 pm PT at Pauley Pavilion.
Last Time Out
Last Sunday, the Bruins went over the hill into the Valley to face the Cal State Northridge Matadors. The Matadors scored first in the game, but Natalie Chou quickly hit a jumper to tie the game on the next possession. Following a missed shot by CSUN, Michaela Onyenwere scored the first two of her team-leading 23 points. It was part of a 6-0 run which gave UCLA the lead for good.
Overall, the Bruins only allowed CSUN to score six points in the first quarter. Meanwhile, UCLA took a 16-6 lead into the second quarter. In the second, the Bruins extended their lead to as many as 14 twice, but the Matadors were able to close the lead to 12 by the break and UCLA led 29-17.
Onyenwere’s first basket of the second half pushed it back to a 14-point lead for the Bruins, but the Matadors were able to cut the lead to just six with just under two minutes to go in the third quarter. UCLA used those final minutes to go on a 7-0 run and the Bruins lead 42-29 after three.
With 5:46 left in the game, CSUN’s Meghann Henderson took a fast break and hit a three to cut the Bruins’ lead to nine, but that was the closest the Matadors were able to get as UCLA finished strong, doubling up CSUN the rest of the way, 12-6, en route to a 58-44 final.
If you look at their record, the Pacific Tigers look like a good basketball team. They are, after all, 7-2 after nine games. But, if you look at the teams Pacific has played, it becomes obvious that they are just paper tigers. The only tough team Pacific has played was Oregon State, who beat the Tigers by 12.
The only common opponent the Tigers and the Bruins have is Weber State. While the Tigers won their game against the Wildcats by 23, the Bruins won theirs by 40.
So, there should be very little doubt as to the outcome of this afternoon’s contest and the Bruins should finish the day with their ninth win of the year.